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GM Girls Soccer Advances to PIAA 2A Title Game; Mercyhurst, Cathedral Prep Boys Fall in Semis

Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics.

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – The General McLane girls’ soccer team continues to make history.

Behind two goals from Brooklyn Respecki, the Lady Lancers, the District 10 runner-up, beat WPIAL runner-up Mt. Pleasant, 3-0 in the PIAA semifinals to advance to the state finals for the first time in program history.

Respecki scored just over three minutes into the game to get GM on the board, a score that held until halftime.

Ten minutes into the second half, Sam Johnson scored off a corner kick to make it 2-0.

           

Respecki put the finishing touches on the historic win for GM with her second goal of the game with 11 minutes left.

The Lady Lancers have now outscored their opponents 11-1 in the PIAA playoffs.

With the win, GM advances to play District 4 champion Southern Columbia in the PIAA title game on Saturday at 10 a.m. in Mechanicsburg. Central Columbia rolled with a 7-1 win over District 3 champion Wyomissing and has outscored their opponents 20-1 in the PIAA playoffs.

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(3-2) LANCASTER CATHOLIC 3, (10-1) MERCYHURST PREP 1

NORTH HUNTINGDON, Pa. – Lancaster Catholic put an end to D10 champion Mercyhurst Prep’s terrific season, 3-1 in the PIAA Class 2A semifinals.

Leo Lambert and Will O’Malley both had goals in the final five minutes of the first half for Lancaster Catholic to make it 2-0 at halftime.

Mercyhurst Prep’s Eric Gamboa made it 2-1 10 minutes into the second half, but Lambert struck for his second goal of the game just a minute later to make it 3-1.

With the win, Lancaster Catholic advances to play District 11 champion, Northwestern Lehigh, in the state title game on Saturday. Northwestern Lehigh won in penalty kicks over Lewisburg.

(3-1) HERSHEY 2, (10-1) CATHEDRAL PREP 0

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – Hershey scored a pair of goals in the final 10 minutes of the second half to end Cathedral Prep’s season, 2-0 in the PIAA Class 3A semifinals.

Stefan Verbeek and Jake Moyer had the goals for Hershey.

           

With the win, Hershey advances to play Springfield Township, 2-1 winner over Phoenixville in the state championship on Friday.

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